Alice Tai and Bethany Firth set world records at BPSIMApril 29, 2017
Alice Tai and Bethany Firth set world records on a frantic third day of the 2017 British Para-Swimming International Meet 2017.
Teenager Tai lowered the S9 100m Backstroke record while Firth set a new world marker in the S14 100m Butterfly.
Tai made her Paralympic debut in Rio last summer, winning gold with the 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay quartet as well as bronze in the S10 100m Backstroke.
But having been reclassified to an S9 swimmer for 2017, the 18-year old is already making an impact in her new class.
After a 1:08.80 effort to lower the European record in the heats, Tai set a PB 1:07.66 in the final to win MC gold and break the World, European and British records in the S9 class.
Having won gold medals in the MC 100m Free and 50m Free, Hannah Russell took silver in the 100m Back, stopping the clock on 1:06.44 for 982 points.
S8 swimmer Steph Millward was third on 980 points after swimming 1:13.43.
First lowers world marker in 100m Fly
Four-time Paralympic gold medallist Firth lowered the S14 100m Fly record in both heats and final in Sheffield.
She took the mark down to 1:05.23 in the heats, before setting a world, European and British record of 1:04.62 with a PB in the final.
While Firth set a world record, she ultimately finished fifth with 845 British Disability points.
Tai was the only British medallist in the event, earning 882 points for a 1:09.58 effort in the final.
The men’s MC 100m Fly also saw an English medallist as James Hollis lowered his own British record.
The Loughborough University swimmer had set a British record 58.20 to qualify fastest from the heats in Sheffield. But he stepped up again in the final, clocking 57.48 to score 862 points and win silver overall.
Ellie Robinson wins MC 50m Butterfly title
Paralympic champion Ellie Robinson won gold in her main event, the S6 50m Butterfly.
The 15-year old was one of the stars of Paralympics GB in Rio last summer as she swept to a maiden Paralympic title in this event at her first Games.
And Robinson showed she still rules the roost in the 50m Fly as she won the MC title in Sheffield, earning 927 points for her 36.38 effort.
The women’s 50m Butterfly also saw a British record for Kimberley’s Sophie Woodward, who broke the S3 British marker with her 1:19.08 effort in the heats.
Jordan Catchpole was the only other English medallist on the third day of racing at Ponds Forge.
The S14 swimmer clocked 1:03.15 for 826 points and a bronze medal in the MC 100m Backstroke.
- Click here to view full results from the British Para-Swimming International Meet 2017.